Mark of The Fool (Lazy Review #33)

Book cover for the title Mark of the Fool used for review.


A slow burn LitRPG with top-tier progression elements.

This dude was chosen by a god to be a servant to others. Realizing his fate, Alex gives the middle finger to the god and flees to a magical academy of wizards. There, his blessing acts as a double-edged sword. Granting him advanced learning abilities to mundane skills while actively stopping him from learning the craft that would give him real power.

Short & Sweet Reviews

Book 1 of 6: Mark of the Fool

by J.M. Clarke (Author) Reviewed by Ike Stepp (Blogger)

Was it Good? Loved it.

On a scale of 1 to 10, how engaging was it? 8

1=couldn’t finish the book
5=Put down a few times to do other things
10= Finished in nearly one session 

Review: (Mark of The Fool)

This book stands on its characters and fascinating world-building. The descriptions of the spells and fights are so clear that it doesn’t require much effort on my part to imagine everything. 90 percent of the story takes place in a magical city with diverse races and cultures. The cast is a decent size, yet each is pretty three-dimensional. Everything feels like it flows due to the character’s desires and actions. I am a huge fan of characters who feel like they have agency and are not simply being moved around by the plot.

Was there anything that took away from my enjoyment of the story?

There wasn’t much that I didn’t like about the story. However, it was somewhat surprising just how much of a slow burn this book really was. I kept expecting things to happen to shake things up, yet it never really did. There was some action, but the level of danger never felt real as an all-powerful teacher was watching over the situation. The only real danger was at the story’s beginning; after that, it was nothing but hints of future threats.

My Opinion

Alex is a likable main character with a realistic growth trajectory thanks to his unique cheat. I keep getting the feeling he’ll have some epic feats in the future once he can apply everything he’s learned. This was a good read. I recommend it for those who care about realistic growth in a progression fantasy.

Read also: Ritualist (Lazy Review #35)

Will I check out more from this series or author?

Currently reading book 2 right now

Lastly, Feedback, suggestions, or recommendations about this review are always welcome.

Anyway, thanks for reading!

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